It's worth the effort in seeking out this excellent pub/restaurant tucked away down country lanes. Once there you'll find a timbered building with an atmospheric interior, retaining its original bare boards and beams and a cottagey dining room with dark wood tables and rustic chairs.
The food on offer is simply, unpretentious but carefully cooked. Menu's being displayed on a blackboard. You'll find the likes of 'Pan-fried Lamb Sweetbreads with Tartare Sauce'; 'Poached Pear with Pistachio & Parmesan Salad' and home-made soup of the day among the starters/lighter dishes.
For mains, dishes such as 'Wild Boar Sausages'; 'Grilled Fresh Mackerel with Pickled Marsh Samphire'; 'Liver & Bacon with Clonakilty Black Pudding, Mash & Gravy'; 'Free-range Sussex Chicken with Potatoes & Vegetables' and 'Aberdeen Angus Rib Eye Steak with Horseradish Potatoes & Vegetables' set the style.
If you still have room, perhaps finish with 'Strawberry & Ginger Cheesecake' or 'Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Clotted Cream'.
Bar dishes are particularly popular at lunchtime; these include the likes of Ploughman's Lunch and pork pies.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains £8.50 to £18.50; Sunday Roast £13.50
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.30; mains £8.50 to £18.50
- Seats: 80, plus 70 outside
- Wine: an interesting list travels the world and has modest mark-ups. Prices kick off at £12.50
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Abinger Hammer
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating